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Japanese envoy briefly detained in Iran

  • August 21, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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Sunday’s Mainichi said Japanese Ambassador to Iran Kobayashi was briefly detained and questioned by local security authorities in late April when he attended a party sponsored by a Iranian contact of his. Kobayashi and other diplomats, including the Australian ambassador, were requested to stay when security officials conducted a raid at the venue even though they insisted on diplomatic immunity. As Kobayashi and the others were not allowed to leave the site for about an hour, the GOJ later lodged a protest with the Iranian Foreign Ministry. The paper explained that Iranian conservative elements are concerned about the inflow of foreign cultures, which has become increasingly active following the relaxation of Western sanctions in January. Most Monday papers ran similar reports.


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